Gleb Savchenko: 'Strictly Platonic' Relationship with Chrishell Stause 'Not the Reason' for Marriage Ending
In a statement to PEOPLE, Savchenko, who announced on Friday that he and his wife Elena Samodanova are separating after 14 years of marriage, said he and Stause have a “strictly platonic” relationship.
“While I will continue to respect the privacy of my family, I will not stand by and allow false accusations and internet rumors go unaddressed,” he said. “My relationship with Chrishell was and remains strictly platonic. Our friendship during our season on DWTS was not the reason for our split. Elena and I have had longstanding issues in our marriage. This has been an ongoing situation between Elena and I paired with poor timing.”
Savchenko added, “It was my deepest hope to keep our private life just that: private. I am saddened and disappointed to see that Elena has chosen not to do the same.”
A rep for Stause similarly denied the allegations of an affair between the reality star and pro dancer.
“Any insinuation or accusation that Chrishell is in any way involved in the dissolution of Gleb and Elena’s marriage is 100% categorically false,” the rep said in a statement. “To be clear: Chrishell and Gleb are in no way, and have never been in any way, romantically involved.”
After posting about the divorce earlier on Friday, Samodanova, 36, told PEOPLE that her trust in Savchenko has been "irrevocably broken," and accused her husband of "ongoing infidelity."
"After 14 years of marriage, and multiple affairs, I’ve decided enough is enough," Samodanova said. "Gleb and I have created a family and multiple businesses together. But apparently, it just wasn’t enough to keep our marriage strong."
"Gleb’s ongoing infidelity and a recent inappropriate relationship has created turmoil in our marriage and absolutely torn our family apart," she added, claiming that Savchenko, 37, has been seeing another woman recently.
News of the split comes just days after Savchenko and Stause were eliminated from DWTS. Stause herself has also spoken out to deny the rumors that she and her former pro partner have been having an affair.
"I am so saddened about the news of Gleb and Elena's split. It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life," the Selling Sunset star, 39, said in a post on her Instagram Story.
Alluding to her split from This Is Us star Justin Hartley last November, Stause added: "Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this on anyone. As you can imagine, the countless hours of training, and dance rehearsals has created a strong supportive friendship, but nothing more. I wish nothing but the best for both Gleb and Elena during this unfortunate time."